More game-winners by Dru Joyce, Tim Ohlbrecht and Jermaine Bucknor / Jenkins passes McCoy / Trinchieri’s heart races
— David Hein
In this section, we break out our English language skills and inform you about the latest news from the German Beko Basketball Bundesliga. If you’re short on time but still want your fill of Germany’s top basketball league then you are in the right place. Every week David Hein (www.heinnews.com) brings you up-to-date in German basketball – the Beko BBL short and sweet:
Big Three Bs keep on winning
There was no change at the top of the Beko BBL standings this week as ALBA BERLIN (18-1), Brose Baskets (16-3) and Bayern Munich (15-4) all won comfortably on the road. Berlin proved to be a downer to the festivities in Leipzig for Mitteldeutscher BC with a 96-81 win. Bamberg were impressive at FRAPORT SKYLINERS with an 85-69 victory while Bayern eased past Artland Dragons 77-63. Not only have the Big Three Bs pulled away from the competition – Munich have a three-game lead on ratiopharm ulm for third place – but they seem to look a lot alike. At least they do on this highlight collection:
Trinchieri’s heart races
I know, I know, you want to see the game winners, but I just wanted to pass along this nice little graphic about Bamberg coach Andrea Trinchieri, which shows the fluctuation of his pulse during Brose Baskets’ 94-75 win over BG Göttingen on January 18.
Game winner number one: Jermaine Bucknor for TBB Trier
So, everybody is talking about Jermaine Bucknor’s drive and layup just before the buzzer to give TBB Trier an 85-84 victory at home over Eisbären Bremerhaven. Sure, it was big-time clutch, but Trier shouldn’t have been in that situation after leading by nine points at home in the fourth quarter. Oh, and by the way, Bremerhaven’s Tyrus McGee (No. 25) sure gave the refs an argument to call a charge on the play. Let’s not rain on the parade, big play by Bucknor and big win for Trier. The game was a thriller, including three lead changes in the final 15 seconds. And of course we have the game winner!
Game winner number two: Dru Joyce for Basketball Löwen Braunschweig
Crailsheim Merlins and Basketball Löwen Braunschweig were going back and forth all game and it seemed like a given that it would come down to the buzzer. And it did with Dru Joyce driving and hitting the winner off the glass with 0.2 seconds left as Braunschweig left Crailsheim with an 82-80 victory. Check it out for yourself:
Game winner number three: Tim Ohlbrecht for ratiopharm ulm
Phoenix Hagen came into the game at home against ratiopharm ulm with a four-game winning streak while Ulm had lost three of their last five. But Tim Ohlbrecht made sure that Ulm left Hagen a winner, hitting what would be the game-winner with 9.1 seconds left in a 98-96 victory. Watch the highlights right here!
Player of the Week: Tim Ohlbrecht
Ohlbrecht’s game-winner was the topper of a great performance which earned him Player of the Week honors. The Ulm big man had a monster double-double of 23 points (on 8-of-10 shots and 7-of-8 free throws) and 13 rebounds. He also blocked four shots for an efficiency of 35. He also was the receiving end of this nice alley-oop.
Jenkins passes McCoy on all-time Beko BBL scoring list
EWE Baskets Oldenburg guard Julius Jenkins is spending in his ninth season in the Beko BBL – and 11th in Germany – and along with longevity comes a bunch of points. Jenkins scored 17 points in Oldenburg’s loss to BG Göttingen this past week to pass current Artland Dragons coach Tyron McCoy into fourth place on the Beko BBL all-time scoring list. McCoy scored 4,758 points during his playing day in the Beko BBL. Here’s a nice video interview with JJ22.
Welcome back – Part I: Gordon, Klein return to action
This week saw the return to the Beko BBL for two players on playoff contenders as Konsti Klein came back for FRAPORT SKYLINERS and Larry Gordon got back on the court for Phoenix Hagen. Klein, who actually made his 2015 debut in the EuroChallenge, could not help Frankfurt beat Brose Baskets in his first Beko BBL game since November 11. Gordon last played on December 19 and had to watch as Ulm beat Hagen at home.
Welcome back – Part II: Artland bring back Frease
With captain Anthony King out a few weeks with a calf injury, Artland Dragons brought in help at the center position as they signed Kenny Frease. Artland did not disclose the length of the contract with Frease, who played last season with the Dragons. The 25-year-old comes back to Germany after playing this season with Turkish second division side Yesilgiresun Belediye.
Bayreuth swap out guard; MBC sign Wyrick; Bamberg lock up talent Taras for four years
medi bayreuth have swapped out their point guard as they first released Trevon Hughes and then added Jason Brickman. The 23-year-old Brickman comes to Bayreuth after playing earlier this season with Russian club Dynamo Moscow. Mitteldeutscher BC finished off their deal with Beckham Wyrick to bring the American shooter back to the Beko BBL as the replacement for Simonas Serapinas. Wyrick has a one-month contract with an option thereafter for the rest of the season. Brose Baskets meanwhile locked up one of their top young talents in signing 17-year-old Tibor Taras to a four-year contract.
Young German guard talent Jakob Merz calls it a career – at 17 year
Speaking of young German talents, Jakob Merz had a great summer in 2014, helping Germany to an undefeated title at the U18 European Championship Division B and promotion to Division A. But the FRAPORT SKYLINERS guard, who turned 18 on January 26, announced in an interview on the club’s website that he is retiring as a result of a complicated injury in the ankle region. Good luck in the future Jakob!
Johannes Voigtmann did all he could for SKYLINERS but it wasn’t enough against an extremely strong Brose Baskets. JoVo collected 14 points on 6-of-10 shooting and 2-of-2 free throws to go with one rebound, two assists, one steal and two turnovers for an efficiency of 12.
German Top Five of the Week
Here are the top five German players, including a strong showing by Alex King.
G: Joshiko Saibou, Crailsheim
Saibou nailed four three-pointers en route to 13 points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals for Crailsheim in their heart-breaking loss to Braunschweig.
G: Mathis Mönninghoff, TBB Trier
While Jermaine Bucknor gave Trier the win with his last second layup, Mönninghoff played a big role with 12 points, three rebounds, one assist and two steals.
F: Alex King, ALBA BERLIN
The Berlin captain had an excellent game in the victory over MBC with a team-high 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting while collecting two rebounds, one assist, three steals and one block.
F: Danilo Barthel, FRAPORT SKYLINERS
Barthel returns to the Top Five with another outstanding performance – albeit in a loss to Bamberg. Barthel poured in 16 points on 6-of-7 shots and 3-of-3 free throws while also picking up four rebounds and one assist.
C: Andi Seiferth, Artland Dragons
Usually Tim Ohlbrecht would be here with 23 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks but he was the Player of the Week. So let’s put Seiferth in here as he collected 12 points, eight rebounds, three assists and one steal against Bayern Munich.
Bogdan Radosavljevic, 21, C, WALTER Tigers Tübingen
Big Rado is back yet again as he started against Ludwigsburg and picked up seven points on 2-of-8 shots and 2-of-4 free throws as well as five rebounds, three assists and one turnover in 18:51 minutes. He also showed that if you feed someone you will be fed back:
Fabian Bleck, 21, SF, Phoenix Hagen
Bleck and fellow Hagen youngster Niklas Geske seem to be swapping spots in this segment and this time it’s the small forward’s turn as Bleck collected 10 points, two rebounds, one assist, one block and one turnover in 13:01 minutes. It was the second time he scored 10 points this season – both coming within the last three games.
Ismet Akpinar, 19, PG, ALBA BERLIN
Berlin’s blowout win over MBC meant that Akpinar got some extended time on the court, playing 10:00 minutes and scoring five points on 2-of-4 shots while also picking up one rebound, one assist, one turnover and two fouls. It was the first time he played since January 4 against Eisbären Bremerhaven.
Rödl remains German A2 national team coach
TBB Trier coach Henrik Rödl has been retained as the Germany A2 national team coach for the 2015 summer, which will be highlighted by the Universiade in Gwangju, South Korea from July 2-12. New German national team coach Chris Fleming was pleased with Rödl’s performance last summer – his first as the A2 coach. A number of players from the A2 team this summer hope to also earn a spot in Fleming’s side for EuroBasket 2015 in Berlin in September.
Germans Overseas Watch
Maik Zirbes has had some strong games with Crvena Zvezda (Red Star) this season in Serbia, including an impressive showing this past week against Buducnost in the Adriatic League. Zirbes scored a season-high 18 points – the ninth Adriatic League game in double figures to go with two games in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague – as he hit all six of his shots from the floor and 6-of-8 free throws. He also grabbed seven rebounds to go with one assist and one block for a season-high efficiency of 26.